…in case you were wondering.

Jesse James (Part Two)
September 30, 2007, 11:46 pm
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Jesse James
September 30, 2007, 10:05 am
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jesse72.jpgAfter the war Jessie and his brother Frank James became outlaws and established a gang that included Jessie James, Bob Younger, Cole Younger, James Younger, Bill Chadwell, Clell Miller and Charlie Pitts.

On 13th February, 1866, the gang robbed a bank at Liberty, Missouri. Over the next few years the brothers took part in twelve bank robberies, seven train robberies, four stage-coach robberies and various other criminal acts. During these crimes at least eleven citizens were killed by the gang. As well as their home state of Missouri they were also active in West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and Minnesota.

On 7th September, 1876, the gang attempted to rob the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota. During the raid Jessie James killed the cashier, Lee Heywood. Members of the town decided to fight back and they opened fire on the gang. Bill Chadwell, Clell Miller and Charlie Pitts were killed whereas Bob Younger, Cole Younger and James Younger, were all wounded and captured.

Jessie James and Frank James were also wounded but managed to get away from Northfield. After this disaster Jessie decided to go into hiding. Jessie took the name J. D. Howard and rented a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He also began to recruit a new gang that included Robert Ford, Charlie Ford and Dick Liddel.

On 8th October, 1879, Jessie James and his gang held up the Chicago & Alton Railroad at Glendale, Missouri and stole $6,000. This was followed by other raids, in one, at Blue Cut, Missouri, in September, 1881, the gang killed the conductor and a pensioner. The governor of Missouri, Thomas Crittenden, now responded by offering a reward of $10,000 for the capture of Jessie James.

Robert Ford, a member of the Jessie James gang, contacted Governor Crittenden and offered his services in order to gain this reward. On 3rd April, 1882, Ford visited Jessie James in his home and when he stood on a chair to straighten a picture on the wall, he shot him in the back of the head. Ford was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. Two hours later he was pardoned by Crittenden and given his reward.

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Best Cover Ever
September 29, 2007, 8:33 pm
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Foy Vance

Sorry for another video right away… but you will thank me.

Who’s Gonna Watch You Die?
September 29, 2007, 1:05 pm
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Death Cab For Cutie made a video for this too, but it has nothing to do with the song, and some girl walking around in her underwear writing French words on things, in my opinion, distracts from listening to these amazing lyrics.

This song has been stuck in my head for two days now, and no matter how many times I hear these words it gives me goosebumps. This is easily one of the most well written songs I have ever heard. I don’t think there are many people in the world that can paint pictures like Ben Gibbard. The description of the hospital is perfect. The feeling of sadness in a waiting room is perfect. And the idea of relationships created on this planet is flawless.

“Love is watching someone die… so who’s gonna watch you die.”

I Am In Ohio…With Some Corn
September 27, 2007, 7:58 pm
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“Nobody Tosses A Dwarf”
September 27, 2007, 6:15 pm
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***The following post is not endorsed by nor does it represent the beliefs of this blogs author, his employer, and or his awesome, hot wife… though they did laugh a lot***

dwarf-tossing-for-web.jpgIn the mid 80’s a sport emerged in pubs and bars and took America by storm. That sport was midget tossing or dwarf tossing.

The rules were simple; grab a little person and throw him or her as far as you possibly can.

Now we’re sure many of you think this was very cruel, but keep in mind that these flying little people got paid a giant sum to be hurled by drunken pub patrons. Some of them made over $100,000.00 a year until 1989 when the sport became banned in the US.

The longest midget toss on record that we could find was made during the British Dwarf Tossing championships of 2002 when Jimmy Leonard of England tossed all 4’4″ and 98 pounds of Lenny the Giant a giant 11 feet 5 inches.

I’m not sure I even have words for this one.

Type A
September 25, 2007, 1:10 pm
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I got this text message today from my friend Brian:

“Are you going to mow today? I will be mowing from 11:00-11:20 and then again from 12:15-12:45.”

This is the difference between Brian and I. Yesterday I didn’t even know that I was going to buy a car, not to mention if I was going to mow today or what time I might be doing that. Ever since my mower broke, Brian has been gracious enough to let me shoot rocks around my yard with his mower. So scheduling is important… to Brian.

Brian does get loads done in a day though. So much so that I still haven’t really been able to figure out how. Up till recently he has been working for Compassion, booking for Shaun, working on adopting some kids, and still has time to hang out in the yard.

Maybe there is something to this whole freak scheduling thing.